St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 4, 1-3 p.m., Madison Street
Family-friendly festivities. Madison Street, Forest Park.
Oak Park STEAM Fest
Thursday, March 2, 6-7:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library
Experience the wide world of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) at hands-on robotics, coding and art stations set up throughout the library! Also, celebrate the culmination of the One Book, One District: Elementary Edition with some fun activities related to Maya and the Robot! For families with students in grades K-8. Hosted in partnership with Oak Park Elementary School District 97 and Oak Park Education Foundation. Walk-ins are welcome; registration is encouraged at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Protecting Seniors From Identity Theft & Scams
Wednesday, March 1, 6-7 p.m., Oak Park Public Library
Concerned about identity theft and scams for yourself or an older adult in your life? Join Julianne Rizzo, of Oasis Senior Advisors, for an interactive presentation on keeping safe from identity theft and scams. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Mamma Mia, the Musical
Saturday, March 4 & 11 at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 5 & 12 at 2 p.m.
ABBA songs tell the story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dates. And a trip down the aisle. OPRF High School Auditorium, 201 N. Scoville Ave. Directed by Michelle Bayer.
International Women’s Day Concert
Sunday, March 5, 2:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, Oak Park
Working in Concert presents its Second Annual International Women’s Day Concert, “Will They Remember Life Was Beautiful – A Tribute to Women in the Arts,” which includes a vocal quartet on young lives lost to gun violence, will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Oak Park. Vocalists Susan Nelson, Sarah Kropski, Christine Steyer and Anna Tonna will be accompanied by collaborative pianists Jennifer McCabe and Shannon McGinnis. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 in advance or $27.50 at the door, $45 for VIP seating, and $10 for students. Tickets: Bellissimaopera.com/IWD23/. 611 Randolph Street in Oak Park.
Family, Food & Murder: What Makes A Cozy Mystery Series
Monday, March 6, 1:15-2:15 p.m., Nineteenth Century Charitable Organization
Mia P. Manansala, author of Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mysteries, will discuss the “cozy” mystery subgenre – what makes a novel that way, as well as how the book evolves. Free, but a $15 donation from non-members is suggested. For more information, visit http://www.nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
American Girl Tea Party
Wednesday, March 8, 4-5 p.m., Oak Park Public Library
Celebrate International Women’s Day by exploring history through American Girl Dolls! Crafts will be made, and tea will be served with snacks. Dolls are also welcome to attend. Dressing up in historical costumes is encouraged. Register now at oppl.org/calendar. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Little Miss Ann
Saturday, March 4, 2-2:45 p.m., River Forest Public Library
Award-winning kid’s musician Little Ann shows how she got her reputation at this special library show. 10,000 happy families can’t be wrong. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.
Julia Child: A Living History Portrayal by Leslie Goddard
Sunday, March 5, 2-3:30 p.m., River Forest Public Library
Actress and scholar Leslie Goddard brings the late chef and television show host Julia Child to life through this live dramatization. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.